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The Language of Defamation Cases$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.001.0001

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An Employee Sues Her Employer

An Employee Sues Her Employer

(p.201) 12 An Employee Sues Her Employer
The Language of Defamation Cases

Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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An employee's resignation from her very responsible position in a company was followed by a series of ongoing contractual relationships, to which many other employees objected to her continuation. Letters widely published by the company provided the basis for the employee's defamation case against the company. At the request of counsel, the description of this case is annonymized. It also illustrates that when an expert's analysis does not help the lawyer, the expert should withdraw from the case as soon as possible.

Keywords:   topic analysis, speech acts, conveyed meaning, inferencing, figures of speech, pejorative terms, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, accusation, warning, malicious language

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